Integrative Studio 2
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Parsons First Year
Course Number: PUFY 1001
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
How many ways are there to explore an idea? In Integrative Studio 2, students fact-find individually and in groups to investigate and document a topic. Research often requires investigation through multiple means including fieldwork, experimentation, failure, and creative problem solving. Over fifteen weeks, you will engage with a wide variety of studio-based research methods – both digital and analog. You will pursue one overarching self-generated research question in parallel to the seminar-based research methods you will be learning in Integrative Seminar 2. At various times in the semester, the two classes share concepts and assignments, bringing together reading, writing and making in a manner that is essential to the creative research of professional artists and designers. Research methodologies will reflect the different schools at Parsons: Constructed Environments, Fashion, Systems and Strategies, and Visual Culture. Course sections are thematic and include:

CONSTRUCTED ENVIRONMENTS How does the built environment shape our contexts and, by extension, our understanding? What potential lies in an interior's design? How does a product instruct a user? When does a building determine action? Students will explore the interconnectedness of large-scale thinking with on-the-ground user experience to explore the complexity of a designer's engagement.

FASHION How does fashion speak? What information do we derive from a seemingly simple, yet utterly complex system of material, image, body, history and site within the social and global sphere? Students will engage with such complexities while interrogating new ways to approach topics such as form, beauty and sustainability.

SYSTEMS AND STRATEGIES How do we experience design? What does it mean to engage in a community -- in a city, with a group, in shaping an organization, in reconfiguring a service -- as a designer? Under this theme students will begin to unearth the complex systems that connect design to behaviors.

VISUAL CULTURE How are messages embedded in visual culture? How, in turn, are photographs, videos, illustrations, performances, graphic novels, sculptures, technological innovations - and more - used to communicate an idea or position? And what might it mean to make something that doesn't fit into any one category as we know it? Students will explore interdisciplinarity, collaborative making, the productivity of creative failures, and more.

Open to: Parsons First Year students.
Note: Those sections with the designation [LS] are Language Supportive and were designed for students placing into NELP 1700 or NELP 1800.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Co-requisite(s): PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2


Open to Undergraduate students.